All parents and carers who have children aged three and four are currently entitled to 15 hours a week free childcare. Working parents may be entitled to 30 hours a week.
To be eligible for the increased free hours, each parent must:
People could still be eligible if they or their partner is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, are unable to work if they have a disability or caring responsibilities. Single parents can also apply.
Successful applicants will then receive a code which they then take to their chosen childcare provider as soon as possible.
Parents must apply before the end of each school term to secure a place for the next term. Parents who already have an eligibility code, must reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours every 3 months.
Free childcare places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools, day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders.
Early Years Pupil Premium – to support providers to close the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers. The funding is £0.53 per hour paid for universal hours over 3 terms.
Three and four year olds will be eligible for EYPP if the child receives the universal 15 hours entitlement and they meet any of the following criteria:
Their family receives one of the following:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working
Universal Credit (annual net earned household income of no more than £7400)
They are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
They have left care in England or Wales through:
an adoption order
a special guardianship order
a child arrangements order
Eligibility for the Disability Access Fund
All three and four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they are attending an early years setting that provides funded places, and meet the following criteria:
The child is in receipt of child disability living allowance and;
The child receives free early education.
DAF can be claimed in addition to DCATCH/SEN Inclusion funding.